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Culture Days will return September 22 – October 15, 2023.

Songs of Hope: From Our Homes to Yours

Old Toronto, ON

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Songs of Hope: From Our Homes to Yours takes the centuries-old concept of the salon-style home concert and reimagines it as a vehicle for hope and healing for modern audiences living through turbulent times. The intimate showcase, recorded in May 2020, features performances by members of the COC Ensemble Studio, the Canadian Opera Company’s prestigious talent development program for emerging young opera singers. With songs by Franz Schubert and Benjamin Britten, alongside a traditional Irish folk ballad and a stirring Rodgers and Hammerstein finale, the eclectic program reaches beyond traditional opera selections with each young artist personally selecting a piece that holds a special place in their hearts.

Fri 25 Sep
9:00 AM →
Sun 27 Sep
→ 11:55 PM

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  • Artists of the COC's 2019/2020 Ensemble Studio. (Photo: Gaetz Photography)
  • Liz Upchurch (top left), Head of the Ensemble Studio, performing a lullaby with her son Jack (below left) and soprano Simona Gena (right) in "Songs of Hope."
  • Pianist/intern coach Alex Soloway (left) accompanies tenor Matthew Cairns (right) in performing an Irish ballad in "Songs of Hope."
  • Artists of the 2019/2020 Ensemble Studio performing together for "Songs of Hope."

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Canadian Opera Company

Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The COC enjoys a loyal audience including a dedicated base of subscribers. Under its leadership team of General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, the company has an international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation. Its diverse repertoire includes new commissions and productions, local and international collaborations with leading opera companies and festivals, and attracts the world’s foremost Canadian and international artists. The COC Academy is an incubator for the future of the art form, nurturing Canada’s new wave of opera creators with customized training and support. The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world. For more information, visit


145 Queen Street West

Old Toronto, ON

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Avril Sequeira




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